What Is a Financial Auditor?

An official certified public accountant (CPA), Brandon Belanger has worked as a senior audit associate at Rothstein Kass in Walnut Creek, California, since 2008. As a CPA in Walnut Creek, Brandon Belanger is part of a decreasing group of accountants licensed by the state to perform financial audits.

An auditor’s job is to conduct an official examination of the financial activities of individuals, businesses, or organizations. This financial report must contain unbiased and finely detailed information to create an accurate and honest assessment. To make this possible, the CPA who performs the audit must be objective and not stand to gain or lose anything due to the results of the audit.

In order to audit the financial records of a business or an individual, an auditor must examine past records and investigate all financial data. Therefore, the CPA performing the examination must be trustworthy and reliable when it comes to dealing with large amounts of sensitive information.


CSU East Bay’s Accounting Program

Since 2008, Brandon Belanger has performed as a senior audit associate with Rothstein Kass in Walnut Creek, California, and is responsible for reviewing data from financial institutions and hedge funds. Prior to commencing his career, Brandon Belanger earned a bachelor of science in accounting from California State University (CSU), East Bay.

The Department of Accounting and Finance at CSU East Bay offers numerous opportunities for students looking to enter business. Those in this program receive training in the conceptual and practical aspects of this field. Along with enhancing their critical thinking and decision making skills, they learn how to properly prepare and report economic and financial information. Graduates of CSU East Bay have obtained employment in private practice, government, tax agencies, and non-profit organizations.

CSU East Bay further separates its accountancy program into undergraduate and graduate tracks. Individuals working toward their bachelor’s degrees must take courses in accounting information systems and two sessions of financial accounting, but they can specialize their education with classes such as The Legal Environment of Business, Cash Management, and Tax Accounting: Partnerships, Gifts, Estates, Trusts. Master’s degree candidates go into further depth on these and other related subjects.